by Christopher J. Johnson, Ph.D. and Marsha G. McGee, Ph.D.|
In its first edition, “How Different Religions View Death & Afterlife” earned widespread acclaim for its objective and practical explanation of this intriguing subject. This new second edition — fully revised, updated and expanded — with chapters on 19 different religions, will be of enormous value to funeral directors who would like to obtain a better understanding of the various ways that different faiths understand death and what happens afterward.
Each chapter, written by a leading authority, offers a concise history of each faith as well as valuable information on practical matters of the funeral. In short, funeral directors will find specific directions about the funeral, burial and grieving practices of each religion and will access thoroughly practical information on dealing with ethnically diverse funerals.
- A practical “Questions and Answers” chapter offers readers a quick way to find out what each faith believes about specific issues.
- Discusses 19 different religions, each of which is covered by a leading authority.
- Some of the topics covered include:
- Treatment and interment of the body
- Funeral sermons, eulogies and prayers
- Burial of non-believers
- Music and flowers
- Responding to and comforting the bereaved
- When and where the service should be held
- Open versus closed casket
- Cremation, embalming, autopsies and organ donation
- Mourning rituals
About the Editors:
Christopher J. Johnson, Ph.D. is Director of Research for the Institute of Gerontology and Professor of Sociology at Northeast Louisiana University. A psychotherapist and bereavement counselor, Dr. Johnson is a contributor to several books on aging and sociology and is involved in death education programs in his community.
Marsha G. McGee, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology at Northeast Louisiana University, where she initiated death education in the 1970s. Dr. McGee often lectures on death and dying and she is actively involved in pastoral counseling for the dying and the bereaved.
- Binding: Softbound
- Size: 6" x 9"
- Pages: 300
- Illustrations: No
“Exceptionally well written in an easy to understand format.”
“By reading this valuable resource, caregivers can grow in their understanding of the people they look after. Also stimulating for those interested in exploring their own beliefs about death.”
— Canadian Cancer Society
Table Of Contents:
- Assemblies of God
- Baha’i Faith
- A Baptist Perspective
- Christian Science
- The Churches of Christ
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- A Quaker Perspective
- Roman Catholicism
- Seventh-Day Adventist Church
- Unitarian Universalism
- United Methodist Church
- Questions and Answers about Death and Afterlife